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The Enfant Terrible of Literature    185

they can have had more of the wish than now. The literary,
scientific and religious worlds vie with one another in trying
to gratify the public.

Men and Monkeys

In his latest article (Feb. 1892) Prof. Garner says that
the chatter of monkeys is not meaningless, but that they are
conveying ideas to one another. This seems to me hazardous.
The monkeys might with equal justice conclude that in our
magazine articles, or literary and artistic criticisms, we are
not chattering idly but are conveying ideas to one another.

" One Touch of Nature "

" One touch of nature makes the whole world kin/' Should
it not be " marks/' not " makes " ? There is one touch of
nature, or natural feature, which marks all mankind as of
one family.

P.S.—Surely it should be "of ill-nature.'' "One touch
of ill-nature marks—or several touches of ill-nature mark
the whole world kin."

Genuine Feeling

In the Times of to-day, June 4, 1887, there is an obituary
notice of a Rev. Mr. Knight who wrote about 200 songs,
"among others " She wore a wreath of roses." The Times
says that, though these songs have no artistic merit, they
are full of genuine feeling, or words to this effect; as though
a song which was full of genuine feeling could by any possi-
bility be without artistic merit.

George Meredith

The Times in a leading article says (Jany. 3, 1899) "a
talker," as Mr. George Meredith has somewhere said, ** in-
volves the existence of a talkee," or words to this effect.

I said what comes to the same thing as this in Life and
Habit in 1877, and I repeated it in the preface to my trans-
lation of the Iliad in 1898. I do not believe George Meredith
lias said anything to the same effect, but I have read so very